The Epidemic

Since 1980, rates of obesity have doubled in 2- to 5-year-olds, quadrupled in 6- to 11-year-olds, and tripled in 12- to 19-year-olds. While recent reports show encouraging signs that obesity rates are stabilizing, and even declining in certain populations in the US, rates remain high in all age groups. Furthermore, disparities exist along racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and geographic lines. While obesity rates may decline overall, these inequities will persist unless intentional action is taken. The causes of obesity are complex and interconnected; culture, societal norms, community assets, and practices at home influences a child’s opportunity to make healthy choices and, ultimately, influences weight status.

The Epidemic

Causes

Causes
Causes

Consequences

Childhood obesity causes serious immediate and long-term consequences
for both individuals and our society.

Consequences
Solutions

Solutions

Reports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute of Medicine, and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity have emphasized the importance of a systematic and multi-sector approach to preventing childhood obesity. ChildObesity180 is a leader in taking a unique approach to reverse the epidemic among children ages 5 to 12 years. We bring together the best of public health practice and business expertise to create initiatives that impact various aspects of a child’s environment. Working to reduce health disparities is a priority, and we incorporate this focus into all of our initiatives. ChildObesity180 effectively promotes achieving and maintaining a healthy weight in children throughout the nation.

Solutions